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Month: January 2017

Polar Ice: So Thick & Icy!

How thick was it? 2 meters thick!
I'm a skeptic. So much so that I'm a skeptic of skeptics who are being skeptical. . I appreciate the scientific method which allows us to really look at things objectively. Part of that means being skeptical about the evidence. Especially that evidence that fits too neatly or seems to good to be true. Because of that I also look at the evidence presented by skeptics with the same level of skeptici...
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Trickle Down Works & Universal Basic Income is a Trap! 

UBI: It's a Trap
Imagine if you will the American south in the antebellum years. The air is moist and sticky with the summertime heat, the breeze is soft and cooling. A fine house sits atop a gently sloping rise, it's white columns bespeaking the status of those folk who live there. They sit on the veranda sipping lemonade, the women fan, the men smoke corn cob pipes. The scene then takes us across the yard, th...
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The Journal of David Q. Little by Daniel McMichael

I don't even really remember where I first heard about this book. I was intrigued by the fact that it was Ronald Reagan's favorite book and that he sent a copy to Margaret Thatcher. That says something about a book. The forward of the book states that as far as we know it was the only book Reagan ever recommended to prominent people. So I put it in my wishlist and kind of forgot about it. I receiv...
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Amazon, Robots, Liberty, & Universal Basic Income

UBI so hot right now
There is a segment of the population that has what I consider an unreasonable, almost Luddite fear, that robots are going to take everyone's jobs away. I think a large part of this is actually just another excuse to push Universal Basic Income which is the latest fad and the current incarnation of communism. If you haven't heard if UBI it's simple, everyone gets a certain amount of cash each mo...
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U.S. Hacks Elections & Overthrows Governments

Martial Law at the butt of a gun
The whole of the left seems awash in the glow of the Russians "hacking the election" panic. Trump, the left tells us, can't be a legitimate president because of what the Russians did. Rosie Oh'whocares says that we should declare martial law until Trump is cleared of "all charges". Of course, since he's not been charged with anything that's a bit a bit of a misnomer. Civil Liberties Don't Exist ...
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Snowflakes Just Kant Stand a White Man

I Kant Stand It!
Though I disagree with the calls to rename universities or remove murals from halls I understand them and give them some latitude. Names and art in those circumstances are designed to represent an association between the name and the named. If the name no longer fits, then change it. If the art is no longer an apt symbol it makes sense to change it. What's in a name? We have all likely done this. ...
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Did the Documentary Kill the Whale Show?

Orca
No more elephants in the circus, no more whales at SeaWorld San Diego. I'm a conservationist, not an environmentalist. They are very much two different things. As a conservationist I care very much about animals and feel that human beings have a obligation to utilize them in what can be considered a reasonable and proper manner. But I very much feel humans have dominion over the animals. ...
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Do you Kill them? Banish them? Put them in Jail?

Though the recent torture of an innocent man in Chicago is the root of my thoughts, this missive isn't actually about that. Rather it's about what to do with such people. It's a very serious question we, as a society, must ask ourselves. What do we do with people who kidnap and torture innocent people? In our anger we are likely to say kill them or if more calmly tempered like Montel William...
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They Don’t Respect the Man in the Field

The hands of the man in the field
They don't respect The Man in the Field. Those who live in the city, those who live in DC. They don't know or care where their food comes from. To them it comes from the Chinese delivery guy, or the deli, or the market. All they know about farming is that migrant farm workers do it, whatever it is, and don't get paid enough to do it, whatever it is. They don't respect The Man in the Field because ...
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The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

I read this book after I read Rand's other famous novel Atlas Shrugged though she wrote this one first. It was very popular when it was written and was even turned into a movie staring Gary Cooper which you can watch and enjoy. But the movie and book are two different things. If you really want it right, read the book. Rand wrote the book with the intention of being a platform to explain he...
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Fuel Prices Determine the American Economy

Oil Tanks
I have a theory that the mortgage crisis was triggered by high gas prices. Congressional mandates to give loans set it up and high gas prices knocked it down. Fuel prices are tied into everything we do in America. Many people who shouldn't really have been given loans for homes got them anyway because the lenders were under pressure from the federal government to do so. Let's face it, banks aren't...
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White Kid Acts Like Racist Punk, Gets Punched, Both Get Charged

Haters Gonna Hate
A punch in the face used to be enough to deal with a problem. Then after the fight was done the two combatants would dust each other off and have a beer. That's not just a scene from the Quiet Man, it's how men used to deal with their differences. Sure, someone would get hurt. There were cuts to be mended, shoulders to be nursed, and bruises to remind them for weeks after. There was a winner, and ...
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Futurism is Meant to be Optimistic 

There are two things I have noticed generally about how people in the past imagined the future. First, it's generally optimistic in terms of the technological side of things. Second, their visions usually exceed the reality. Take the article below from the USSR. These wonderful images are in keeping with the idea of Walt Disney's Tomorrowland. A place that was, and largely still is, abo...
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Researchers Say to Prepare for Global Cooling Because of Global Warming

I quite enjoyed the movie, The Day After Tomorrow in which global warming causes the North Atlantic Ocean currents to stop circulating. In grand Hollywood fashion this causes a stunning array of disasters which ends in a nearly instant ice age. The article that inspired this writing uses the headline that this movie could become reality! For me this seems to highlight two things. The e...
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The Day the Earth Froze by Gerald Hatch

The Day the Earth Froze book cover
I'm actually a little surprised that I was able to find this book on Amazon. It's one of those obscure science fiction books that I love. I picked it up at a used bookstore for a couple of dollars which is actually how much it costs on Amazon too. It's an obscure little book which is why I was surprised to find it on Amazon at all. I thought perhaps it would end up being an eBay purchase. It's ...
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